In an interview published Thursday by the liberal Web site, “The Huffington Post, ” Gingrich reportedly said that both he and the Republican Party could accept a distinction between a “marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state,” with the latter being acceptable, according to the Web site.
The publication indicated that Gingrich “continued to profess a belief that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman,” but that he thinks “Republicans could no longer close their eyes to the course of public opinion.”
“I think that this will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with,” Gingrich reportedly told the Web site.
“It is in every family. It is in every community. The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality,” he said. “And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period.”
The publication noted that Gingrich, as it put it, “has a personal stake in the gay marriage debate,” noting that his half-sister works at the Human Rights Campaign, a major homosexual activist organization based in Washington, D.C. The article also noted that Gingrich “has gay friends who've gotten married in Iowa.”
The article did not mention the fact that Gingrich’s wife Callista -- who serves as the president of his company, Gingrich Productions -- worked in the ‘90s as an aide to the first congressman to be publicly “outed” as a homosexual, Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.).
Gunderson, who served from 1981 to 1997, was the only Republican to vote against the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Newt Gingrich converted to Catholicism in 2009. Concerning same-sex marriage, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops states “that the institution of marriage, as the union of one man and one woman, must be preserved, protected, and promoted in both private and public realms. At a time when family life is under significant stress, the principled defense of marriage is an urgent necessity for the well-being of children and families, and for the common good of society.”
“Thus, we oppose attempts to grant the legal status of marriage to a relationship between persons of the same sex,” says the Catholic Church. “No same-sex union can realize the unique and full potential which the marital relationship expresses.”